Sponsored by the Spencer Foundation, and titled, "Reflections and Perspectives on Education from Black Students, Educators, and School Leaders", this research seeks to address the decreasing number of Black Educators within the United States. It asks, "What conditions are required, and must we (university teacher education programs and K-12 institutions) intentionally create to retain and sustain Black Educators within education?". Our purpose is to chronicle the perspectives and reflections of individuals forming what we have termed the Black Education Pipeline: Black High School Students, Black Families, Black College Students studying to become teachers, Black Teachers, and Black School Leaders.
The goal of this research is four-fold: (1) to ensure those comprising the Black Education Pipeline are brought out of the margins in ways that render them seen, heard, valued, and celebrated, (2) to highlight the knowledge, experiences and cultural wealth that Black folx bring into school spaces, (3) to uncover the inequities they experience and their response to it, and (3) to coalesce a network of Black Educators who themselves are prepared to eradicate educational inequity, (re)imagine classrooms and schools, and leverage this (re) imagining to create viable, humanizing, and culturally sustaining (Paris, 2012) pathways into education for Black students, and leadership for Black teachers. This research proves relevant for those interested in determining how best to retain and sustain Black educators within K-12 education.
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